Michael Hoffman is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he studies comparative politics. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science and Arabic, and holds a certificate in advanced Arabic from the American University in Beirut. His research interests include political behavior, religion and politics, democratization and regime change, Middle Eastern politics (with an emphasis on Lebanon) and survey experiments. His dissertation addresses the pro- and anti-democratic effects of religion. His research has been published in Democratization and Middle East Law and Governance.